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Amateur Bartitsu Lessons at Academie Duello - September 2013

Have you ever been enthralled, your heart pumping and your butt on the edge of your seat whenever you watch people fight with swords on television or in the movies? Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to hold, let alone wield a replica of a historic melee weapon? I sure have! Now is your chance to become an Extremely Shy warrior and partake in the marvelous lessons that Academie Duello has to offer you! Harness that fighter within and come on down!


You must arrive at 12:45pm sharp to sign the safety waivers, etc. So do NOT be late! Lessons begin at 1:00pm and end approximately at 2:00pm.


Academie Duello is located at 412 West Hastings, between Richards and Homer, and close to the Waterfront Skytrain Station. The place is transit accessible and parking can be found behind the building as well as on Richards Street.


$11.50 per person to be prepaid to the meetup group. This is necessary as we must pay Academie Duello two days before the event for the exact number of attendees that we expect (up to 14). See "payment instructions" below for more information on how to pay.

What to expect:

The lesson will focus on the basic fundamentals of the mixed martial art of the Victorian English gentleman. Essential Bartitsu skills and techniques come from Boxing, Jujitsu, Savate and cane fighting. These are also great self-defense skills that can be used in today's society. You may not have a cane but an umbrella will do just nicely!


What to bring:

Wear clothing and shoes that you will likely be wearing at a gym, or anything that you can easily move around and bend your knees. Academie Duello recommends shirts that are higher necked, like the average unisex t-shirt neck line. Normal t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts are fine also, but short-sleeves are more recommended as you will get hot and sweaty. Regardless what shirt you choose it must cover your entire torso.

Bring a water bottle as Academie Duello only supplies water, nothing more. You should also bring you most current and valid ID as well since each attendee must sign a mandatory waiver at Academie Duello. All the necessary equipment such as swords, gloves, etc will be provided by Academie Duello.

If you have long hair:

It will be in your best interest to tie your hair securely back so that it will not interfere or get caught in a weapon that you are using.

Why are the lessons only an hour?

For a beginner at any lesson in Academie Duello it is recommended not to exceed an hour.

New Attendees Per Lesson Policy:

Each and every lesson must have a minimum of 10 attendees (no guests) and a maximum of 14 attendees (no guests). In the event that an attendee has taken, for example, a Long Sword lesson, he or she cannot return a second time to repeat that lesson at another date and time. The attendee, however, can attend a different lesson (ie: Bartitsu or Stage Combat), in which the same rules apply to them. Names of people attending any lesson will be recorded in a tracking sheet to be only viewed by the organizers and Academie Duello, as this is a very strict policy.

***If you have enjoyed the lesson and would like to pursue more, we encourage you to register in a full program of your choice at Academie Duello.***

Payment Instructions:

As this event requires us to pay a couple days before the event for the exact number of attendees we are expecting, we will be requiring prepayment in order to sign up for this event. Once all 14 spots have been filled and paid for, anybody still on the yes list who has not paid will be moved to the waiting list. Being on the yes list does not reserve you a spot for this event. Only being on the yes list and having paid will do that.

Payment is easy and does not require a Paypal account. Simply follow these instructions for paying:

  1. Select "Yes" under "Will you attend?"
  2. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for, click "Pay Now" button
  3. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card"
  4. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal

If you have trouble paying by this method then please post a comment below and an organizer will help you out. If you do not have a credit card or a paypal account and yet would really like to attend this event then you can try contacting Ian to see if you can meet up at another event to make your payment in cash.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

Unless the meetup is cancelled, a refund will only be offered if another member is willing to take your place. Academie Duello offers a 72-hour cancellation policy and will offer a refund only if when a person cancels the total number of participants is still 10 or more. In the event of a last-minute cancellation due to emergencies, Academie Duello will offer a refund only when:

Example #1: 13 people are scheduled, 1 person cancels leaving 12 people still attending. A refund will be issued.

But if two or more people need a refund:

Example #2: 11 people are scheduled, 2 people cancel leaving 9 people still attending. Only the first person to cancel may be refunded.

***For any type of cancellation, Academie Duello requires 72-hours!***


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry about your umbrella!!

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting techniques and concepts.

    September 22, 2013

  • Antoinette

    Interesting and teaches techniques to help you in defending Yourself.

    September 22, 2013

  • Josh W.

    I'm back in Ian. I've already prepaid.

    September 21, 2013

  • Ian

    One spot remaining for this event! Randall please get your payment in if you would like to attend.

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey, I was originally waitlisted for this event, but yesterday I got an email saying a spot had opened up and I was bumped up. Then tonight I got an email saying Akemi had changed my RSVP to not attending. I'm so confused, what's happening?

    September 12, 2013

    • Jeff T.

      I think it's because you haven't prepaid for the event, so you're not officially signed up yet. She'll sort it out tomorrow though.

      1 · September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    August 12, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Amateur Bartitsu Lessons at Academie Duello - September 2013

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
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Additional notes: Read refund policy on event description!

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